By Staff Reporter
NORTON Legislator Temba Mliswa says MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai is wrong in joining hands with National Peoples Party (NPP) leader Joice Mujuru, adding that it makes more sense for him to stand alone in 2018 elections.
Opposition political parties in the country are reportedly mulling to unite against the ruling Zanu-PF in the impending 2018 watershed elections.
MDC-T which is arguably the biggest opposition party in the country, last week separately signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with NPP and Welshman Ncube’s MDC-N.
However, speaking to the media at a press conference last week, Mliswa trashed the Mujuru, Tsvangirai coalition arguing that it was of no use as the former has no parliamentary representation at the moment.
“I have always said that MDC must go out own their own, there are a lot of people in MDC who don’t want Zanu-PF people because of violent, so when you are bringing Mujuru on board those who were hurt by Zanu-PF in terms of violence will equally say No No!
“But you seem to don’t know what you are doing; the aspect of violent was serious,” he said.
The former Zanu-PF Hurungwe West legislator added that he foresees Tsvangirai falling out with his numerous supporters because of Mujuru who was once associated with a violent party.
Mliswa said he was actually stronger and more powerful compared to other parties that Tsvangirai is seeking an alliance with, adding that a coalition with MDC-N is far much better as the party has some legislators in Parliament.
Although Tsvangirai has joined hands with Mujuru, his longtime Deputy Thokozani Khupe, is said to be strongly against the coalition as she fears demotion in the event the alliance win the 2018 elections.
Commenting on his Facebook account two weeks ago, academic Dr Phillan Zamchiya said the political indicators on the ground signified for Tsvangirai to form an alliance with other opposition parties.
“First, Tsvangirai’s vote has been constant in past three presidential elections. He has been getting around a million votes in all the three elections. In 2002, 2008 and 2013 Tsvangirai had 1 258 401, 1 195 562 and 1 172 349 votes respectively. This signifies the need to think outside the box in order to grow the vote”.
“MDC-T has some political deficiencies which require other actors to augment. For example, it lacks liberation war credentials and is viewed as a party without a history by its opponents,” he said.